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Friday Find :: Veggie Garden Basics

Can you feel it? Ah, summer is almost officially here. And one rewarding (and eco-friendly) project for the summer months is to plant a vegetable garden.

raised veggie garden basics

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a large backyard, there are plenty of container options that would be great for patios, decks or even fences. I love this vertical herbal and veggie garden solution below…

vertical veggie and herb garden ideaimage via Nesting Newbies

If you are thinking of creating a veggie garden this summer, now is the time and here are some fun tools and basics you’ll need to get started.

veggie garden basics

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Happy Friday!

Cristin

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Read full story By on May 31, 2013 in container garden, Features, food, Friday Finds, Garden, green design, healthy home

Our Butterfly Themed Fiesta Party

A few weeks back we celebrated a special event for my daughter. She loves burritos and butterflies so we decided to have a butterfly themed fiesta that included pinatas, dancing and a taco truck. As you may know, I don’t blog or post images of my kids, but wanted to share some of the decorations. The custom multi-colored butterfly table runner was the first item selected and set the lively tone for the event. The bright pink peonies, vibrant Mexican pottery and handmade butterfly garland hanging from the chandelier were my favorite decorations.

butterfly fiesta party ideas butterfly garland from recycled paper - fiesta ideas butterfly table runner and pink peonies - fiesta ideasbutterfly, initial andcross cupcake toppers mexican pottery, flowers and tangerines - fiesta ideas

The pink butterfly party invite was purchased at Minted.

peonies and cupcakes - fiesta party ideaskids fiesta party ideas with pinatamini pinatas - fiesta ideas

Loved these individual pinata for the kids! Each child pulls the ribbon and goodies drop out. They would be a fun DIY project, but I purchased them on Etsy.
outdoor table setting - fiesta party ideasroses and hot pink table cloth - fiesta ideas

Thank you Jen Jacobson for taking such beautiful photos!

xo

Cristin

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Read full story By on May 28, 2013 in baby and children, birthday party, Birthdays, Entertaining, etsy, flowers, food, invite, Parties, spring

Inspiring Easter Crafts and Decorations on Pinterest

I too have been scrabbling this week prepping for the Easter celebration. And for all of you looking for last minute ideas, I’ve pulled some of the most inspiring Easter crafts and decorations on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you too!

natural dyed easter eggsThese eggs are all naturally dyed. Love!

natural Easter eggs

Simple and sweet. These farm fresh eggs were decorated with a white paint pen. Yep, that’s it!

water color Easter eggs

These water color Easter eggs are so pretty and easy to do.

butterfly treat bag

Create darling butterfly treat bags using a sandwich bag, clothes pin, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

bunny ear Easter bags

I also really thought these bunny ear Easter treat bags were super cute.

bunny_napkin_and_jars

Bunny ear napkins and jars filled with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies are perfect to decorate the table for Easter brunch.

diy paper flower wreath

Decorating the chair backs with a  paper floral wreath would also be a wonderful touch for an Easter brunch.

simple petits fours

Here’s a simple way to make pretty Petits Fours.

Easter lamb cake

This is an Easter lamb cake that my mom made a few years ago for an Easter brunch. The lamb cake mold was my grandmother’s, so it was extra special.

Wishing you and your family a joyous Easter!

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on March 27, 2013 in craft, Easter, Entertaining, event planning, flowers, food, Holiday

Shades of Green Bridal Shower Ideas

Recently I hosted a casual bridal shower luncheon for my future sister-in-law who’s a real sweetie with the kindest heart. She loves the color green and that was enough to get my creative juices flowing!  Here are a few images from the event…

bridal+shower+invitation

The invitation sets the mood for a party. I always recommend doing it the old fashion way too… sending a printed invite in the mail. In this digital day and age, receiving an invite in the mail is just more special.  The sweet invitations with the brides’s monogram framed in a leafy wreath were from Minted.

ribbon+tablerunner+green+white

Because the event was casual, we served lunch buffet style. The table was covered in a crisp white table cloth and shades of green ribbon in varying widths ran down the middle to create the table-runner  .

Ranunculus and green Hypericum berry flowersFresh flowers are always a must for an bridal shower event. Providing contrast and a burst of vivid color, I selected fuchsia ranunculus for the centerpieces. The ranunuculus were paired with green hypericum berry flowers and place in a trio of grass green ceramic vases.

boxwood+urn table centerpiece

For more visual interest,  a pair of forest green boxwood balls on top of mini silver urns were placed between the floral arrangements.

green+white bridal shower ideasorchid floral arrangement for bridal showerglittered initials and streamer garlandglitter+letter+initial+garlandFor a personal touch, the engaged couples’ initials hung in the window. I actually made these myself. I downloaded the italic monograms here, cut them out on heavy card stock and added glitter. Well, so much glitter I ran out on the third letter and my hubby was nice enough to run to Michael’s the morning of the party for more glitter. Isn’t that sweet? I have the best hubby.

dessert+table+bridal+showerxoxo dessert

I was too busy being a hostess to snap a shot of the yummy salads we shared, but did manage to capture an image of the beautiful desserts. I think having a variety of mini cakes like this is so fun! We all loved the XOXO detail on the side of the mini cheesecake pictured above.

bee+bridal+shower+favors

No guest should go away without a little gift.  To celebrate my sister-in-law joining the Bisbee family soon, we selected these beautifully packaged organic worker bee balms to remember the afternoon.  It’s a good think my further sister-in-law like bees… it would be hard to become a Bisbee if not!

Happy day!

Cristin

* photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 18, 2013 in DIY, Entertaining, flowers, food, invite, monograms, Parties, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized